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Taylor Langford’s world is torn apart when he is only 13 years old - his parents killed, leaving him alone and orphaned. With no living relatives, he’d certainly be another statistic if not for the intervention of the policeman who found Taylor in the crawl space where his mother hid him that fateful night. Despite the tragedy and resulting anguish in his life, Taylor knows how lucky he is.

Frank Moore is a rookie with the Dallas Police Department when he and his partner answer a call in Devonshire, one of the city’s more affluent neighborhoods. They think the young boy in various pictures throughout the home has been kidnapped until they find him, shaken but alive. Officer Moore recognizes the pain in the kid’s eyes, having lost his own mother to cancer when he was just a boy. He steps in, making sure Taylor is placed with a loving foster family. Over the years, Frank becomes a permanent fixture in Taylor’s life.

A decade later, the case remains unsolved and the once gangly, uncertain teenager is now a college graduate who knows exactly what he wants. He’s coming home to the man that helped mold and shape his life, the man he’s loved for as long as he can remember, Frank Moore. But Taylor isn’t the only person returning to Dallas, and while Frank is distracted by his own conflicting feelings and the new bond growing between the two, the past creeps up on them, determined to finish what was started 10 years earlier.

©2018 TTC Publishing & TM Smith (P)2018 TTC Publishing & TM Smith

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Really worth looking at - unique, sweet, touching

I am a fan of TM Smith’s All Cocks series and I think I was expecting this to be something like that. Well it wasn’t, but it was awesome nonetheless! This was presented in a very unique way. We start with our survivor meeting his “savior” as Taylor’s family is destroyed in front of him and Frank, a police officer, comes to his aid.

We grow up with Taylor as he deals with his tragedy and his burgeoning attraction to the older man, Frank.

Frank must also deal with his own feelings and weather what life throws his way.

To me, the amount of detail felt just right. I could totally buy the relationship between these two and though there was obvious moments of doubt and angst it wasn’t overwhelming and didn’t take the central focus in the story.

Secondarily, we are gifted with an intriguing mystery and some wonderful secondary characters.

All in all I was captivated by this story and thoroughly entertained.



As always Nick Russo does a great job with his narration. He chose a nice voice for both Taylor and Frank and handled the accents and female characters well. He’s so easy to listen to and does a terrific job with the emotions and pacing as well.

I highly recommend this as both a book and audiobook!

5 of 5 stars

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Survivor

Book - I Love this book. I was really happy when it came out in Audio. This book really gives you a bit of everything and the writing is structured really well. It pulls you in at the beginning prologue with the intrigue of what is going to happen with the Murder of Taylors parents. Then the author gives you little snippets from all the different years/ages of Taylor’s life after his parent’s deaths so we get to watch and hear him growing up as the story goes on. And how Frank lives his life basically around Taylors but he doesn’t seem realize it till further into the story. You have some Sex, and Romance, & then your pulled right back into the suspense of what is going to happen and who did it when the bad guy from Crazy town comes back, the ending is perfect in this book. I want more of their story. I didn't want this book to finish. And.... Will there be more?!?!
Audio - Nick was a great choice as a narrator for this book!! He makes it very clear which character is speaking throughout the entire story and going back-n-forth between the two characters, it was extremely easy to follow along with this book and not get lost at all. I really believe He did a great job on this one!!

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Good book

Survivor had a little bit of everything. It was sad, sweet, hot and had some mystery. The story is about frank and Taylor. They first met when Taylor was only 13. He was a police officer on the scene of his parents murders. Frank stayed in touch with Taylor when he was placed with a new family. Frank and Taylor’s new family vacationed together every year. Taylor and frank gradually become involved romantically, and when they finally get together there 🔥🔥together. There were some twist and turns I didn’t expect, and I held my breath on a few chapters because I needed to know what happens. Survivor is a really good book. I definitely recommend it. This was my first book by T.M Smith, won’t be my last . Nick Russo did a very good job with the narration!

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Frankie and His Tay

This book covers a decade, from the moment Taylor’s parents were murdered through to the reappearance of someone who might kill Taylor, the only survivor of that night of horror. The bulk of the book, though, is the love story. After the murder of Taylor’s parents, the young man was adopted by a very loving couple who made him their own, coping with the outbursts and tantrums and nightmares that plagued the young boy.

Fortunately, Valerie and Charles Stone are great people who understand keeping Frank and his partner Caleb in Taylor’s life provides stability and continuity. The two men, as well as Caleb’s girlfriend, form a support system to guide Taylor through his teenage years and into a successful college and then graduate program. At one point, Taylor assures the Stones that they are his parents and for anyone who has been adopted by loving people, that is an easy thing to assure. He will never forget his parents, but he’s built a good life for himself.

Ten years is not that much, but the power imbalance was a good reason for Taylor, and his savior Frank, to keep their feelings to themselves. Now, Taylor is ready to go out and get what he wants, and he wants Frank. Everyone around them has seen this coming and most are accepting. Is that realistic? I don’t know, but when two men love each other, fighting for that love makes sense. It’s interesting how the dynamic works for them – both men have an equal role in the relationship. Sometimes one takes the lead, while, appropriately, the other is willing to defer. And when it comes to being together, they do their best.

I did have a couple of issues. The 13-year-old Taylor, on the night of the murder, felt more like a 6-year-old. In fact, I had to double-check his age. Maybe it’s just me. Also, Frank is really expressive. That’s great except he’s a police officer and it’s hard to believe he can be so easy to read. Finally, the dénouement. There is an element of suspense, for sure, but the backstory of the murderer was just a bit over-the-top. It was so ridiculous, it took me out of the story. And, to be frank, I’m not sure I understand the entire ‘mystery’.

That being said, I did enjoy the book. I am a huge Nick J. Russo fan and aside from a few words that were mispronounced, he did a great job. I liked that he didn’t make Taylor sound too juvenile – making it believable that a man in his early twenties could be mature enough to be in a relationship with an older man. His narration brought the book to life.

I’m very glad I listened to the book. I was expecting something more angsty, but this worked out well. A good love story always pulls at my heart and I fell in love with Tay and his Frankie. Well-done.

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Just simply wow

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I loved this book, so when the audio came out I couldn't wait. And I wasn't disappointed.
This author work is so diverse, from porn stars to other worlds. And this one certainly doesn't disappoint.
The complex characters, the build up, the HEA. It's amazing
I really hope we get more from the book. ll the other characters need stories!

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Amazing story! The narration is perfection!

I love a good mystery, add in a longtime crush and some hero worship and you have perfection.

Taylor's whole world comes to a screeching halt when his parents are murdered. Frank, a police officer on the scene finds Taylor hiding in an attic crawl space. Over the years Frank remains close with Taylor and his foster parents, often vacationing together each summer.

When Taylor graduates from college he decides that he's done watching life from the sidelines. This summer on vacation with Frank, he's going to tell him how he feels. Before Frank and Taylor can really begin to explore their relationship the past comes back to finish what was started ten years ago.

The storyline had a slow build up which I adored. The detail that went into showing how Taylor and Frank's relationship evolved over ten years was nothing short of amazing. The mystery part of the story was well thought out and executed. There were a ton of characters to keep track of on top of all the plot points to tie the mystery together. The author managed to do it without confusion and keeping me on the edge of my seat.

As if the story itself wasn’t good enough, the audio performance really brought it to life. I read the book first and while that was amazing at bringing the budding relationship to life the audio truly enhanced it. The audio performance really made me feel how conflicted and utterly in love Frank was with Taylor. Nick J Russo couldn’t have been any more perfect to narrate this story.

As much as I loved the book the audiobook made me fall even harder.

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Fantastic narration of an amazing story!

There’s so many things I liked about this story. I love age gap books, and while the difference between Frank and Taylor is only ten years, the fact that they first meet when Taylor is only thirteen, and then getting points of view almost every year until they finally express their feelings as adults makes it seem like the gap is bigger than it is. This actually threw me off a bit and made it a little awkward to me even though I knew the gap was only ten years.

I also like the hurt/comfort theme, and that this leads to the unbreakable bond that forms between the two men over the years. Frank and Taylor's relationship could be seen as hero worship gone overboard, but that really is so far from the truth—even their friends and family who have figured out how the two men feel about each other know that is not the case.

Another aspect I liked was the first half of the story being told over time, showing how their relationship slowly develops from rescuer/rescued to buddies to close friends, to lust and then love. Once the story reaches the point where Frank and Taylor are exploring their feelings for each other fully, the emotion and deep connection between them grows even more intense, but never feels rushed or like it’s too much. And their physical chemistry—that was far enough off the charts that you may need some ice on hand to cool yourself down once things get that far.

Even though the development of Frank and Taylor's relationship provides plenty of romance to drive the story, there’s an added dose of drama and suspense related to Taylor’s parents’ murder. It’s enough to keep you on the edge for a while wondering exactly when things will go sideways, which adds some great tension to the story.

The cast of supporting characters is fantastic—I really loved how they all wound up becoming a big, unconventional extended family and how supportive they all were of both Taylor and Frank. All of these secondary characters were well rounded and brought depth to the story, and there’s even potential among them for other stories in the future (please? okay?).

Survivor was a 4.5-star read for me, and I already know this is one I’ll be re-reading in the future. I do recommend this to any M/M romance fan, particularly if you’re a fan of the tropes featured in this story as they are written well. This story is strictly for readers 18+ for adult language/situations and sexual content.

The narration: Nick J. Russo did an amazing job narrating this story. The characters had distinct voices, and they matched quite well to what I had thought they should sound like when I read the ebook version. The pacing was perfect, and it was very easy for me to get totally absorbed in the story as I listened. I know I’ll be queuing this one up again in short order…5 stars for the narration!

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Sweet and swoony with a dash of suspense

SURVIVOR spans a huge time frame, starting from when Taylor was just thirteen years old as tragedy struck – and Frank, one of the police officers, was there to pick up the pieces. Despite their age difference, they stayed in touch over the years – even when Taylor was placed into another family. But as Taylor grew older and came off age, their feelings slowly but surely developed into something far surpassing simple friendship. But for them to finally have the balls to act on it… wow, it took forever and I wished something would have happened sooner – not necessarily in the timeframe, because them gradually coming to terms with their feelings, especially with Taylor being so much younger than Frank, makes it more believable, but in regards of the story in general.

I love a good May / December romance, which was what drew me to the story in the first place – this and the promise of suspense and drama. It was the mystery surrounding Taylor’s family’s death which kept me on edge the entire time, surprising me with little twists I didn’t expect. And no matter how much I wished for them to have gotten together earlier, I loved the relationship and banter between these two. It was all kinds of sweet and swoony!

The story is narrated by Nick J. Russo, who does a wonderful job in bringing the characters to life! I loved his distinctive voices for Taylor and Frank, although I somethings wasn’t sure if it was Frank or one of the secondary characters talking. This is the only minor critique I have. Other than that – I loved it – his smooth voice and vibrant storytelling on the very top of that list!

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The Perfect Marriage of Author, Narrator and Story

Where does Survivor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely in my top 5!

I didn’t think this taboo-ish coming of age story could get any better but Nick J. Russo brings it with his telling of 'Survivor'. It’s as if Smith wrote the script with the audiobook in mind.

What did you like best about this story?

Russo's narration of Frank and Taylor’s soul deep connection, their need to be with one another not only physically, but mentally, is everything!

Which scene was your favorite?

Russo's delivery in chapter seventeen absolutely shines - saying it all!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Every gasp of fear, surprise and lust; all the moans of pleasure, desperation and desire; even the deep breaths of confusion, need and resignation can be felt deep in your heart making you want to cry.

Any additional comments?

Between her picturesque narrative, and Russo’s reading, the listener can see everything – the characters’ actions and their surroundings – pulling you in and immersing you in their journey.

If you haven’t yet read 'Survivor' it isn’t just worth reading. It’s worth reading again and again and listening to Nick J. Russo deliver a cast of characters who you wish you could chum around with. It’s a story of hurt and comfort, youth and maturity, of friends becoming lovers and will hit you in all the good places leaving you wanting more time between the pages.

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Romance with a Touch of Mystery

What did you love best about Survivor?

The characters were interesting and they propelled the story forward.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Taylor's strength and his determination to go after what he wanted.

What about Nick J. Russo’s performance did you like?

Nick J. Russo offers a solid performance that makes for fairly easy listening.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The relationship and the mystery surrounding Taylor's past made for an intriguing story that made you want to keep listening.

Any additional comments?

This story had an interesting premise. Although it dealt with a darker subject with Taylor's past the book didn't have as much impact in that area as I would have liked. The story jumps over the earlier time of Taylor and Frank connecting and even when they do get together there are jumps over larger periods of time and the ending of the larger plot felt unresolved to me. If you are looking for a book based on trauma but dealt with on the lighter side, this could be one to check out. Russo is a familiar voice in the genre and offers a solid performance overall. He doesn't offer too much in the way of different character voices but makes for a pleasant listen as a whole.

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  • Donna Hirsch
  • 03-12-18

Wonderful story

I truly enjoyed this book. From the awful beginning to the amazing end watching Taylor grow into a strong courageous man and going for what he desires was well written. i would love to see who Shannon ends up with Rand or Rory or both for that matter. To follow Frankie and Tay's life and the cold case of his parents. Nick was wonderful as always. I was given a copy for an honest review.

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  • Dee Slate
  • 03-11-18

Really good!

I enjoyed the story, which starts with a tragedy/mystery.
Taylor's parents have been murdered by an unknown person. He is helped by policemen, Frank and Caleb, who were called to the scene and put with a foster family. The story follows Taylor from his pre-teen years to adulthood, chronicling his developing feelings for Frank.
Nick J Russo does a great job with the different characters, he had a wonderful way of portraying Taylor's voice from his young age to his deeper, older self. He was also really good with the character emotions, nothing over the top, just believable. My only niggle were the non narration parts, they were sort of flat, but that's just me.
I would recommend both the story and audiobook without hesitation.

I received a copy of the audiobook for my pleasure with no obligation to review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-25-18

Enjoyable romance with good narration

What did you like best about Survivor? What did you like least?

I like the characters the best. What I liked the least was how all the murder mystery drama all unfolded.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Have the bad guy be caught right away and do away with the murder mystery aspect.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

This isn't going to be a popular opinion, but I enjoyed the scenes where the two MC's are hooking up with other people. I thought it was realistic to see them not putting their life on hold based on possible feelings they had for the other.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yep!!!!!

Any additional comments?

A complimentary copy of the audio was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Audiobook review:
The blurb for this book really got my attention. I do love age gap, and then you have a sort of quasi incest thing going because Frank was around Taylor for so much of his growing up years, one could see them filling "brother" roles for each other. Obviously neither had those types of brotherly feelings, which is good because once Taylor hit puberty, whew! :)

I thoroughly enjoyed the build up of this story. For those who don't like to see the MC's hook up with people who are not going to be their forever partner, there is on page action for both of them getting it on with other people before Taylor and Frank get together. I personally found all of it hot, and really world building. It helped show who they were as individuals and that they were caring people who definitely had lives outside of each other. Plus, did I mention it was hot? ;)

And oh boy, when these two finally do decide to act on their feelings, not only was the build up to that realistic (I thought), but it was so emotionally fulfilling. I liked these characters and wanted the best for them. So when they had a mature discussion about their feelings I was so happy! They didn't just jump into bed, which would have ruined everything. But they talked, and made sure that if they moved forward, it wouldn't ruin anything. When Taylor admits to having been in love with Frank for years (3 I think), I was just so "aww." Taylor felt mature beyond his years.

As for the murder mystery, I will leave most of that in the spoiler below. Just know the bad guy is caught, though I am not happy with how that whole drama unfolded. I really wish the bad guy had been caught right after the crime and then Frank and Taylor could have lived their lives without the drama. I didn't see the point in the plot unfolding the way it did. But overall, I enjoyed Frank and Taylor. I see them having a happy life together.

And as far as the narration goes, I really enjoyed it. Nick J. Russo did a really good job I thought and propelled this story to a new level. I have only listened to a few books narrated by Russo but that's because of lack of opportunity. ;) He gave each character (especially the women, which is hard) their own unique voice. I love when that happens.

Serious rant below. Includes some semi-serious spoilers.
[Why did the FBI get so involved in this case so much that they placed agents in key areas around these people? Taylor's foster parents had an agent (unknowingly) working as a maid or something in their house for years. Frank's booty call "flight attendant" turned out to be an FBI agent too, and they had known each other for like 9 years! There were so many names flying around I couldn't catch them all towards the end, but another friend of Taylor's turns out to be an agent too. What made this case so special? I didn't fully get it. Yes, there was an explanation but it was hard to keep track because they kept tossing out new names. This aspect of the story would certainly have benefited from reading vs. listening, because I really needed to go back and concentrate longer on the end part.

Also, how dumb was the bad guy in this book to have been arrested just a block or 2 away from the crime scene because of a broken tail light? How is it the police didn't question this guy for being in the area at the time of the murders? Oh, and how inept were they that they didn't even know this guy was using an alias!!!!!! Come on!! The bad guy murderer was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison because the alias he was using at the time had some sort of warrants out for him. I was just so flabbergasted as to the ineptitude of ALL of those involved. You have to wonder how crimes are committed or solved with bad guys and police like this.

The ending of the story with the bad guy is kind of eye roll inducing incredulity, but eh, I rolled with it. :) It wasn't terrible, but could have been better. The guy monologued for crying out loud!! Don't the bad guys know by now that to monologue is to sign their death/arrest warrant? (hide spoiler)]

Story: 3 stars
Narration: 4 stars